Best 284 Quotes & Tweets on Building

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1

If you create it for yourself, it’s art. If you create it for others, it’s business.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

2

It sucks when you’ve got a new product idea and your customer research proves that your assumptions were wrong and no one really wants your product. It sucks way more when you don’t do any research and spend months (or years) building the wrong thing.

Katelyn Bourgoin

Katelyn Bourgoin

@KateBour

3

Sing the song that only you can sing, write the book that only you can write, build the product that only you can build... live the life that only you can live.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

4

There’s never been a better time to launch a digital product.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

5

Learn from times iterated over time spent. Craft a thousand tweets before ten blog posts before one novel. Skim a dozen books before absorbing one. Make many small investments before a few big bets. Build many small products before starting a company. Explore, then exploit.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

6

If you build for yourself, you’ll always have product-market fit.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

7

Blockchains are now sucking in top-tier Silicon Valley tech talent faster than any boom since the Internet.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

8

You can only iterate on something after it’s been released. Prior to release, you’re just making the thing. Even if you change it, you’re just making it. Iterating is when you change/improve after it’s out. So if you want to iterate, SHIP.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

9

Building technology means you don’t have to choose between practicing science, commerce, and art.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

10

Build the necessary first, then the useful, then the nice.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

11

I think people should do less research before building an idea, not more. It’s much easier to find reasons not to do something, than to find reasons to do it. Too much research will kill the enthusiasm behind any idea, especially the ones that end up changing the world.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

12

Competing with everyone: $10/hr Competing with a few: $100/hr Selling a product: $1,000/hr Building equity: $10,000/hr Making a market: $100,000/hr

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

13

Build things you wish people built for you.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

14

The Internet replaces mid-sized businesses with network-effect based monopolies, each hosting a long tail of creators. We’ll end up with one town hall, one social network, one video host, one music label, one taxi dispatcher, one big-box retailer. Antitrust law is obsolete.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

15

If you want to spread an idea, write an essay that makes it easy to understand. If you want to spread an action, build a tool that makes it easy to do.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

16

Easy to hate. Hard to create.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

17

Build before you have to. - Build knowledge before you have to. - Build strength before you have to. - Build an emergency fund before you have to. Let internal pressure drive you today, so you can handle external pressure tomorrow.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

18

You will discover the business you should build when you start to build the business you thought you should build.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

19

“Measure twice, cut once.” Avoid wasted effort. “Build once, sell twice.” Multiply your effort.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

20

Build for everyone and you build for no one. Build for one person and you build for thousands.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

21

What can you write that no one else can write? Write that. What can you say that no one else can say? Say that. What can you build that no one else can build? Build that.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

22

Build a product to solve your own problem. That way you'll have at least one user – more than most startups ever get.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

23

If you want to feel good, brainstorm it. If you want to appear good, test it. If you want to know if you’re any good, ship it.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

24

The problem with being solely focused on one project is that you have to nail the initial decision. It might be better to have a main project and space to tinker on 2-3 side projects. They are a slight distraction, but they also increase your odds of finding the right project.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

25

If you want to start a tech company and aren't a maker, find a brilliant technologist and become their API to the rest of the world.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

26

It’s remarkable what you can build if you just don’t stop. - It’s remarkable the business you can build if you don’t stop working. - It’s remarkable the body you can build if you don’t stop training. - It’s remarkable the knowledge you can build if you don’t stop learning.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

27

Any programmer who longs for the predictable, repeatable nature of construction has never tried to actually build a house.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

28

Knowledge comes from reading, listening, watching. Wisdom comes from applying this knowledge: writing, making, building.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

29

If you think the customer discovery process is "too slow" and you'd rather jump straight to building stuff... ...just wait and see how long it takes to acquire new customers when you build the wrong thing.

Katelyn Bourgoin

Katelyn Bourgoin

@KateBour

30

Build many things to find the one you should have been building all along.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

31

The Internet is the most important technology in our lives. You don't need permission to build things on the Internet. All you need is an idea, a vision, 2-3 skills, and the discipline to execute it.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

32

It takes building a business to learn how to build a business.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

33

If you want to preform when the world is watching, you have to do the work when no one is watching.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

34

Broke: I'm not going to tell anyone my ideas because someone will steal them and build it. Woke: I'm going to tell everyone my ideas because someone will steal it and I won't even have to build it myself.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

35

Where you apply your effort matters more than how much effort you apply. You might be able to work 10% harder, but working on the right thing can deliver 100x results. Unfortunately, most days we are too busy working on the next thing to ask if we are working on the best thing.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

36

Unpopular opinion: Too many people praise “learning.” MAKING things is a better use of time. Building an audience around your interests is THE cheat code. Write articles. Record videos. Publish podcasts. Plus, making things will make you learn faster anyways.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

37

The biggest mistake made in building any product is forcing a behavior that doesn’t already exist.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

38

Online education is growing fast. It's harder to sell a course than build one: The top online schools are run by people with the largest audiences, not necessarily the best teachers. But building an audience trains you to teach.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

39

You can't make what you don't measure. If you want to read more books, lose weight, save money, call your parents more frequently, Start measuring.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

40

You can’t build a relationship overnight. You can’t build a community overnight. You can’t build a brand overnight. Building takes consistent effort over a long period of time.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

41

Don’t confuse building a product with building a company.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

42

If you fear starting a company because you’re worried you’ll waste your time or you’ll fail, don’t start a company. Start a project. It’s mostly the same thing for 12 months until you have employees, make money, and have users that rely on you every day.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

43

Your product is imperfect. Your team is imperfect. You are imperfect. That’s precisely why you keep building. There’s so much left to do and experience. It’s time to test yourself — to walk through the forest of impossibility. That’s entrepreneurship.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

44

Entrepreneurs there's so much high quality off-the-shelf software out there right now. Ignore building anything that's not your unique differentiator. You'll save time. You'll save money. You can finally focus on what makes your product special & relevant. Good luck!

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

45

Don't speak about what you've done in the past. Don't speak about what you're going to do in the future. Only speak about what you're doing now.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

46

Building products, writing, and painting are not mental excercises, they are physical ones. Reading to improve is like watching someone else workout – it does almost nothing for you. To run better, run. To paint better, paint. To write better, write. To build better, build.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

47

Building a product is about fighting the insidious disease of more More features, more fluff, more everything As a builder, you have lost the naïveté of a beginner’s mind The more phenomenon is rooted in fear You’ll never defeat more, but you can contain it with awareness

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

48

The core skill of building a business is creating systems for things you do repeatedly

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

49

It doesn’t exist until it’s shipped. Don’t care if you worked on something for 5 years. If it’s not out yet, it doesn’t exist.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

50

You only have to write one really great thing to be known as a great writer. You only have to build one really great company to be known as a great founder. If you are consistent over decades, it seems almost inevitable!

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl